Ed Orgeron and the LSU Tigers aren’t playing around. This national championship game is serious business, and all of the blood, sweat, tears cliches that normally apply are very real here.

If you’re watching the game, you might have noticed a cut on Orgeron’s head, and as revealed on the broadcast, that cut actually comes from Orgeron himself, after he punched himself to get the team going for the game.

Here’s a high-res still where you can clearly see the cut, smack dab in the middle of Coach O’s forehead.

Why are you hitting yourself? Why are you hitting yourself? To get the boys fired up to win the freaking natty, that’s why.

Anyway, Clemson scored first to open the game, but Joe Burrow has LSU back on track with the score tied going into the second quarter. We’ll find out if Coach O busting his head open pays off.

h/t Twitter/espn